Cross Country Checkup Climate Change

A show once hosted by climate change denier Rex Murphy, was asking some okay questions of callers, while other questionable questions were called out by callers.

The last caller said rightly people shouldn’t be asked any more if they think climate change is happening, since scientists have long determined that it is. We don’t ask people if they think Lawn Darts are dangerous or if we should wear seat belts, anymore.

3 callers stood up to the host Duncan when he pressed them for personal changes they’ve made to reduce emissions. Their point was that collective action is more important since they’ve done their part and it has still led to this crisis the IPCC has determined we are in.
One ignorant rancher from MB was the most blatant denier to phone in, unable to explain what has convinced him that scientists are supposedly wrong. He kept repeating that the climate has always changed and doesn’t think we are changing it now. A scientist from Environment and Climate Change Canada on the show later explained that we’re adding to the naturally variable warming happening now. Our carbon pollution today will stay in the atmosphere for up to ~400 years. The denier’s point was that Canadians will enjoy being a couple degrees warmer. He doesn’t get that means flooding Halifax, St. John’s, Vancouver and Victoria, etc. Will those Canadians enjoy losing their homes?

A 28 year old caller was enraged that older generations have stolen our future through greed and mismanagement of our atmosphere.

A woman from Winnipeg mentioned that pests destroying entire urban forests are surviving thanks to warmer Winters. The rancher/farmer calling should care about destroyed orchards.

If this was 5 years ago, Cross Country Checkup would have had a geriatric fart hosting who takes money from oil companies to spread climate change inaction. Hosting scientists and callers who are asking politicians and companies to act where individuals don’t have the means, is a step up.

Joyce Murray’s rapping son, and the person building efficient homes, were especially interesting.

“An appealing concept”

Does the north of Canada need improved transportation? Yes.
Is this need being exploited by those who want a pipeline to “tidewater”? Yes.
Will constructing it ensure Canada exceeds our promised and required emissions limit? Yes.
Will that limit being crossed result in the likely destruction of our society? Yes, confirmed the UN study by thousands of scientists.

So Minister Garneau, a guy smart enough to be an astronaut and a cabinet minister, thinks that installing the conditions for the destruction of our society is “an appealing concept” no doubt about it.

We’re not going to avoid this problem, we have to begin planning with the avoidance of more emissions long term, and the medium term too. What’s the use of building something that we have to tear down in the same generation, like a disposable sports stadium, or a mobile home?

Face Of Evil

And yet we have Agents of Destruction running Ontario and Saskatchewan, leaders who are hell bent on protecting the corporate elite who think it’s fine to build a pipeline for the tarsands. Hell, even our supposedly moderate Prime Minister and Climate Change Ministers both think that building a fucking pipeline in 2018, unusable in only half the time to a 2040 DEADline, isn’t wasting human labour, wasting time, and stranding assets underground.

If you aren’t developing a plan for yourself, and your place of work to be carbon neutral by 2030, you’re not helping enough. You’re failing yourself, and failing your children. Standing up to the useless, evil, cowards running our economies into the ground, would be a good starting point.

Hursh Lights A Match

And the fields are dry.

“As a farmer in southwest Saskatchewan, this isn’t a great year. It’s been dry and hot. Crop yields as well as prices are down. Many of my neighbours have had their crops destroyed by vicious hailstorms.”

Hursh has made it clear. Yes, it’s clear that he’s “a climate change denier, a stooge of big oil and big agriculture”.
“…the weather has not become unsuitable for agriculture.” Until it isn’t, and we’ve hit tipping points that have blasted methane out of the permafrost, and our ice caps can’t reflect enough heat, and our oceans have acidified past livable conditions, and our coastal cities are destroyed by flooding. It’s frustrating that the Leader-Post lets such a poorly considered editorial meet its pages. It doesn’t meet the most basic levels of logical thought.

I used to have respect for Hursh’s long agricultural journalism career, but now he’s spouting nonsense that will finish the industry if too many listen to his trap of apathy and ignorance.

“I could blame it on global warming or climate change, but it’s really no different than many of the years faced by my father or his father before that.”
Except it is different, and he’s not listening to scientists telling him it is.

“If some of the climate change models are correct, and that’s a big if (sic), there will be winners and losers when it comes to agriculture. Many of these models show Canada as a big benefactor.”

What the hell is that? He thinks there are models that don’t show Canada being hurt from Halifax, Victoria, and Vancouver being destroyed by flooding, and crops not made less viable with extreme droughts and rain spells? Remember 20 years ago, when the Deniers were ranting about growing crops further north (where there’s no topsoil to speak of) if Canada warmed up? Some of the more out-of-touch ones still bring up that lark. The Regina daily paper does its readers no favours by printing such equivalent wishful thinking (if you can call parroting Denislist memes “thinking”).

Up Is Down In Moe Town

SaskPower’s 2016-17 annual report, released last summer, states, “We will see our emissions profile rise slightly until 2020.”

Don’t Make It Sound Like There’s More Than One Thing

“recognize its own climate change efforts, such as carbon capture and storage. ”
Effort, not “efforts”. There’s only been one effort made, and arguably the CCS project increases emissions since it’s an Enhanced Oil Recovery project that enables Cenovus to extract more oil which will be burned. Whether the net CO2 from CCS is a reduction or an increase has not been officially confirmed, probably because it is an increase in pollution overall.

The federal Ministry of the Environment sent Manitoba a letter in December giving it until the end of February to sign on, or else lose its share of a $1.4-billion clean energy fund.

The fund is only available to provinces that ratified the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which Manitoba and Saskatchewan refused to sign in December 2016.

The Premier and Environment Ministers are arrogant, stubborn, anti-science mutton heads. How else can anyone sum it up better than that?

Layin’ Pipe